Jason Aldean - NO LAWN CHAIRS!
Luke Bryan, Rachel Farley, Dee Jay Silver
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Jason Aldean - NO LAWN CHAIRS!
With more than five million records sold and dozens of concert attendance records smashed across the nation, country rocker Jason Aldean is carving out his place among the top-tier country artists as he pushes the boundaries of country music with his own unique style.
The CMA Album of the Year, Aldean’s DOUBLE PLATINUM fourth record MY KINDA PARTY was the top-selling country album of 2011 and the No. five top-seller in all genres. Aldean has topped the charts with eight career number one hits, including the DOUBLE PLATINUM “Dirt Road Anthem,” the crossover smash “Don’t You Wanna Stay” feat. Kelly Clarkson, “Big Green Tractor,” “She’s Country” and “Hicktown.”
The Georgia native’s MY KINDA PARTY TOUR sold one million tickets across the nation in 2011 and was one of only four country tours to make the cut as a Billboard Top 25 Tour of 2011. The MY KINDA PARTY TOUR will continue to crisscross the country in 2012.
Luke Bryan is a superstar in the making and the career growth from his first to his second to his third studio album, tailgates & tanlines, is the proof. The Georgian who burst on the scene in 2007 with his unique blend of down-home accessibility, movie star good looks and relatable lyrics, is set to explode in a major way.
Not a flash-in-the-pan, overnight sensation, Luke has built his career from the ground up and the Leesburg, Ga., native wouldn’t have it any other way. “My path is exactly where I want it to be,” Luke says. “I’m doing my thing. I’m getting better with every album.”
The son of a peanut farmer, Luke knows patience and determination are key elements when it comes to a successful crop—or career—and he’s dedicated to growth. His first album, I’ll Stay Me, produced the Top 10 hits “All My Friends Say” and “Country Man,” while his sophomore effort, Doin’ My Thing, found the singer-songwriter scoring three straight No. 1 singles: “Do I,” “Someone Else Calling You Baby” and “Rain Is A Good Thing.”
Luke’s momentum shows no signs of slowing. “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” the lead single from his much-anticipated third album, ranks as the fast-rising single of his career.
When Luke scored his first solo performance slot on the 2011 CMT Music Awards, he made the most of it, receiving a standing ovation for his over-the-top performance of “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” not only from the fans, but also from his artist peers. “When you get performance slots for award shows, that’s a big deal for me,” Luke says.
He’s equally excited about headlining the 10th annual CMT on Tour, which has an impressive list of alumni, including Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. “It’s almost like you’re getting a stamp of approval to go to the next level,” says Luke. “All those artists that were a part of the CMT Tour have crossed over into a larger level of artists.”
His tours with superstars Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean, as well as his own annual Farm Tour, which offers a student from a local farming family a college scholarship, showcase a stage mastery built working the college and club circuit.
“I want my music to jump off the stage and out of the speakers,” says Luke. “When we do ‘Rain Is A Good Thing’ paired back to back with ‘Country Girl,’ it just feels like the roof is fixin’ to come off the place.”
Critics affirm Luke’s stated goal. The Peoria Star Journal calls him a “playful and confident performer” while the Oregonian dubs him “a serious contender for McGraw’s throne.”
Luke’s fan-voted wins as Academy of Country Music Top New Male and Top New Artist, as well as his score as USA Weekend Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the CMT Music Awards were a “huge validation,” he says.
“Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” with its infectious chorus and backbeat, represents another step forward for the strapping star. Co-written by Luke and Dallas Davidson—the pair also penned “Rain Is A Good Thing”—“Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” sets the tone for, but doesn’t define, tailgates & tanlines.
Luke’s latest album is no doubt his best yet. The 13-song collection (of which Luke co-wrote eight) balances lighter fare with meatier offerings. “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” written by Luke with fellow Georgians Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, is destined to be a clap-along concert favorite and radio smash.
“Drunk On You,” written by hit tunesmiths Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear, is an intoxicating tale of young love that Luke calls “young and fun.”
Another song destined to be a radio favorite is “Too Damn Young,” a coming of age tune about the loss of innocence that country fans will no doubt relate to.
“Harvest Time,” written by Luke with Rodney Clawson, is an autobiographical look at Luke’s rural roots, while “Don’t Know Jack,” penned by Erin Enderlin and Shane McAnally, is a stark reminder of the power of alcohol addiction.
“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” is an up-tempo lets-make-love-one-more-time-even-though-we-know-we’re-splitting-up song, while “Been There Done That” is the ultimate kiss-off tune.
In short, tailgates & tanlines represents real life.
“I’m really proud that I’ve got some meatier things on this album,” Luke says of the balance between hell raisers and heart breakers. “Nothing is more frustrating to me than putting a song on an album and regret putting it on there. I’m excited that there are no songs on tailgates & tanlines that I’m iffy about.”
As dedicated as he is to his craft, Luke is even more dedicated to his family: wife Caroline and sons Bo and Tate. “I try to make my time in Nashville mean something for the boys,” he says.
“It’s a big fun ride for everybody,” Luke says of his success. “My wife and I are enjoying life more than ever.”
While superstardom is knocking on his door, Luke Bryan will answer when he’s ready. “I have never wanted to grow fast in this business,” he maintains. “I have always wanted to take my time, make it happen and be smart about it and I’ve been lucky—all that stuff is happening.”
Luke’s aw-shucks demeanor belies his rare gifts. This singer/songwriter/entertainer is the complete package and superstardom is inevitable.
Rachel Farley bleeds so much life into the songs she writes and performs that you’d swear she was at least twice her age. The 17 year old possesses a maturity and composure that far belies her age. She’s been dreaming of becoming an artist practically since she was born, and has spent most of those years trying to make that dream happen. And the release of her debut CD, “The Truth,” proves those years were not spent in vain.
The Georgia native is a fascinating study in contrasts, no doubt. It could have something to do with that wide range of influences she picked up growing up in a household listening to all types of music, from Pink to Patsy Cline. Or the fact that by the time she was 13, she was on the road playing 100 shows a year with just her guitar. But call it what you want -- the girl can sing. And for her, there was never a question about her calling in life.
“It was just always music for me,” admits Rachel about her instant passion for performing. “I never had a question about anything else. Whether it was theater or singing, or whatever, I just loved being onstage. And my parents always loved music…my mom was very musical, and we listened to everything growing up.”
Picking up a guitar at 11, she quickly took to the instrument and began writing songs about a year later. By junior high Rachel was ready to pursue her dream full-time. She played everywhere that would allow her to play, and soon, an invitation to perform at a songwriter’s night would seal her fate as part of country music’s future.
“My friend (songwriter) Bruce Burch asked me to play at this big writers night, and Colt Ford, Mike Dekle, and Brantley Gilbert were there in the round. Shannon Houchins from Average Joes Entertainment was there as well, so I met all of those people that night. After that, my relationship with them grew and eventually, it kind of all came together.” It was just months later she got the invitation to go out on the road with Brantley Gilbert.
Armed with just her guitar and her voice, she had no idea how much the next two years spent opening for Brantley would prepare her for what lay ahead. “Being 14 with an acoustic guitar trying to catch the attention of bar crowds was definitely a challenge. You learn real quickly about what works and what doesn’t. You have to learn how to entertain.”
Rachel also had to prove herself to the industry as well because of her age. “Early on I always knew what I wanted my music to be and what I wanted it to sound like, but it took time for me to get it where I wanted it. A lot of people want you singing about butterflies and unicorns when you’re 12 or 13, and I wasn’t into that,” says Rachel, laughing. “When I first started coming here, a lot of people would hear my songs and say, ‘You know, we should go find you some age appropriate songs’, and I’m thinking, ‘I wrote this by myself in my bedroom - how can you tell me I don’t understand what I’m writing?’ It would really frustrate me.”
At 15, Rachel entered the studio with producer/longtime friend Michael Knox to begin work on her debut album for Average Joes Entertainment. The resulting project, “The Truth,” is about as far from butterflies and unicorns as you can get, with its songs inspired by rebellious streaks, impossible, stubborn loves, untimely deaths, and her years spent playing on the road. For Rachel, songwriting is like breathing, and honesty is paramount to the process. The self-proclaimed “Daughter of Southern Ground”, possesses an uncanny ability to tap into life’s most raw and real moments and put them down on paper and then channel them vocally, a talent she was undoubtedly born with.
A simple girl at heart, Rachel sees herself as a bit dorky and sometimes out of place in this complicated world. And she definitely isn’t afraid to write about and challenge those universal hopes and fears we all have about fitting in and standing out. “I’m just quirky,” she admits. “I don’t see myself as cool. I guess people look at me and they see the leather or whatever, but I’m kind of a loser, really. I love fuzzy socks and I’m not afraid to go to the grocery store in my pajamas,” she adds, laughing. “I’m a mix of everything. I’m tough as nails when I need to be, but I’ve got a real soft heart. I guess I would say I have an old soul, and I’ve never been one to do what everyone else is doing -- I don’t necessarily fit, and that’s okay. I can’t put up an act or censor myself; I’m not good at that. I feel like you can see through someone who’s fabricated. I really just try to lay it all out there, and I’m not afraid of showing who I am. Because I feel like if I have something to hide, I’m probably doing something I shouldn’t be.”
Dee Jay Silver
DJ Silver has been a top touring dj/remixer/producer for over 10 years, having played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the US, Mexico and Canada. Currently touring with Jason Aldean, Eric Church and the JaneDear girls on the Top 10 "My Kinda' Party Tour," and next with Rascal Flatts (starting June 18, 2011), DJ Silver has entertained millions of listeners with his unique brand of party rock country style of music mixing. His high energy performances get the crowds moving – whether in stadiums paving the way for each new act coming on stage, or at top clubs and parties throughout North America. As a highly sought after crowd pleaser, DJ Silver has energized large and high profile events and parties, including for the Coca-Cola Beach Party & Louie's Back Yard Spring Break 2011 events, L.A. X-Games, MTV Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs), Country Music Awards (CMAs), Country Music Weekly Fashion Show, Jackass World Tour, Viva La Bam Spring Break Tour, and too many others to count. As an entertainer, DJ Silver has worked with some of the largest companies in the world, including Jagermiester, Coca Cola, Budweiser, Red Bull, AT&T and the National Guard, to name just a few. National sponsors include Jagermeister, Reactor Watch Company and Skin Industries, where DJ Silver's unique brand of entertainment crosses over to audiences in multiple music genres, in all kinds of venues. For more on DJ Silver, including upcoming tour dates, pictures and more, visit www.deejaysilver.com. DJ Silver – More than a DJ.
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